Packers receiver Randall Cobb became the first person born in the 1990s to play in an NFL game on Thursday night, and he made his debut in style, returning a kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown to tie the NFL record. But Packers coach Mike McCarthy had a problem with that.
McCarthy’s problem is that to return a kick 108 yards, you have to get the ball eight yards deep in the end zone. And McCarthy’s rule is that his returners aren’t supposed to take the ball out if they’re any deeper than five yards in the end zone.
“I was not really happy with his decision,” McCarthy said, “but it’s one of the best returns I’ve seen. You’ve got to be excited about Randall. He’s got a chance to be special.”
So why did Cobb break McCarthy’s rule? Cobb says God told him to return the kickoff.
“I was just trusting in God,” Cobb said. “He told me to bring it out. I’m not supposed to bring that out. Some things are logical and some things are just the power of God.”
I’m not sure how far Cobb is willing to take the whole “trusting in God” thing — if God tells Cobb to run a different route than the play that’s called in the huddle, will he do it? — but this time, it worked.